ADDENDUM #2 TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR REAL ESTATE MARKETING AND BROKERAGE

JERSEY CITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY 

ADDENDUM #2 

TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR  REAL ESTATE MARKETING  AND BROKERAGE 

PROPOSAL DUE DATE 

Thursday May 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST 

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (the “JCRA”) issues this Addendum #2 to the Request for Proposals for Real Estate Marketing and Brokerage (the “RFP”) advertised on Thursday, May 7, 2020.  This addendum is issued to clarify, correct or supplement the RFP as originally issued and shall supersede any conflicting section of the original RFP.  This Addendum #2 shall be acknowledged in your proposal utilizing the form captioned “Acknowledgement of Receipt of Addenda” annexed to the RFP as Schedule C along with acknowledgment for Addendum #1 which was previously issued on May 18, 2020.  Failure to acknowledge Addendum #2, as well as Addendum #1, may be cause for rejection of your proposal.

 Question #1: Can you provide the unit numbers being listed? 

JCRA Answer:  The units being listed are as follows: Unit 2A, Unit 2B, Unit 2C, Unit 2D, and Unit 2G. 

Question #2Can you provide any of the details of each unit that will be listed? (in particular, total sqft of each unit, total bedrooms of each unit, and total bathrooms of each unit). 

 JCRA Answer:  The units being listed are all approximately 1,200 square feet, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

 Question #3: Will all 5 units be awarded to one brokerage?    

 JCRA Answer:  Yes. 

 Question #4However, we are looking for more specific on the five units your team looking to market. If you can give us more details such as floor plans what floor and the conditions of the units? 

 JCRA Answer:  Please refer to the Answer to Question #2 of this Addendum #2.    

 Question #5Where should the $50 be sent or dropped off?  Please advise. 

 JCRA Answer:  The $50.00 proposal fee shall be made by check payable to the “Jersey City Redevelopment Agency” and must be mailed to the JCRA with a postmark no later than the Submission Date to the following address: 

Jersey City Redevelopment Agency 

66 York Street, 3rd floor 

Jersey City, New Jersey 07302 

The failure to provide the proposal fee shall constitute a basis for rejection of the proposal. 

Question #6Are the units being sold “as is” or will JCRA be making any improvements prior to being marketed for sale? 

JCRA Answer: The Condominium Units are being sold “as is” and the JCRA will not be making any improvements prior to being marketed for sale.  In addition, all sale shall be subject to a waiver by the buyer regarding the condition of the units.    

 Question #7Do any of the units include parking? 

 JCRA Answer: No.    

 Question #8Is there a tax abatement in effect, and if so, how many years are remaining, and can the tax abatement start date be effective once each unit is sold? 

 JCRA Answer:  There is no tax abatement in effect for the units.    

 Question #9If the RFP can only be submitted electronically, how do we include the $50 fee?   Can payment be made electronically via Zelle? 

 JCRA Answer:  Please refer to the Answer to Question #5 of this Addendum #2.

ADDENDUM #1 TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR REAL ESTATE MARKETING AND BROKERAGE

JERSEY CITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY 

 ADDENDUM #1 

TO 

 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR  REAL ESTATE MARKETING  AND BROKERAGE PROPOSAL DUE DATE 

Thursday May 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST 

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (the “JCRA”) issues this Addendum #1 to the Request for Proposals for Real Estate Marketing and Brokerage (the RFP”) advertised on Thursday, May 7, 2020.  This addendum is issued to clarify, correct or supplement the RFP as originally issued and shall supersede any conflicting section of the original RFP.  This Addendum #1 shall be acknowledged in your proposal utilizing the form captioned “Acknowledgement of Receipt of Addenda” annexed to the RFP as Schedule C.  Failure to acknowledge this Addendum may be cause for rejection of your proposal. 

Question #1: Is it one application per Company or can multiple independent contractor agents from the firm submit applications? 

JCRA Answer:  Independent Contractor agents can submit proposals provided they meet the qualifications and specifications set forth in the RFP. 

 Question #2: My brokerage has been independently owned since February 2019.  However, the principal brokers have been licensed and actively operating under other brokerages in Hudson County, Jersey City specifically for over 15 years.  Your requirements state 5 years of firm experience, so I want to confirm that this would meet the stated criteria.  

JCRA Answer:  See Response to Question #1.  Based on the circumstances described in the question, the brokers can independently submit proposals, but the brokerage firm would not qualify. 

Question #3: Your insurance requirement states workers compensation. However, our firm consists exclusively of less than 20 independent contractors. Would we still be required to secure workers compensation for this project should we be awarded this business?    

JCRA Answer:  Section 3 of the RFP shall be amended to state as follows: 

 SECTION 3.INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS 

 For proposal purposes, Respondents must submit copies of certificates of insurance for general liability. The successful Respondent must provide original certificates prior to commencing services. 

 Question #4What is the date of final decision when the selected firm will be notified? 

 JCRA Answer:  The decision to award the Contract for Real Estate Marketing and Brokerage will be formally adopted by resolution of the JCRA Board of Commissioners.  The next meeting of the JCRA Board of Commissioners following the Submission Date set forth in the RFP is scheduled for June 16, 2020.    

 However, the JCRA reserves the right to award the Contract for Real Estate Marketing and Brokerage at a later meeting of the JCRA Board of Commissioners, no later than sixty (60) days from the Submission Date set forth within the RFP.  The JCRA further reserves the right to further extend the time to award the Contract for Real Estate Marketing and Brokerage beyond the sixty (60) period provided that the respondent consents to extend the duration of the proposals beyond the sixty (60) day period, all respondents who do not consent to the extension beyond sixty (60) shall be deemed to have withdrawn their Proposals at the expiration of the sixty (60) day period.  

Jersey City Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners May Meeting

VIRTUAL MEETING ADVISORY:

In an effort to adhere to social distancing protocols and best practices imposed by Jersey City and State authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency will hold its regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. as a virtual audio conference accessible by phone and web via Zoom. The public is invited to attend and participate via the following:

Telephone:

Call-in number: (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 87861633641#

Web: Zoom Room: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87861633641 Meeting ID: 878-6163-3641

To keep the meeting as organized as possible, members of the public who wish to speak during the public portion(s) of the meeting are encouraged (but not required) to register their name and address with Jesamil Suazo Lozano at jsuazo@jcnj.org or call (201) 761-0819 with their information prior to the meeting date. You may also submit written comment by email prior to the meeting at jsuazo@jcnj.org. Please indicate “Public Comment” in the subject line of the email. Additional instructions for public comment will be provided during the meeting. Public comment will be guided by the Agency’s designated “Host” on the Zoom platform.

The procedures described herein may be modified as circumstances dictate to ensure appropriate access to the Board meeting.

Clean Up at Mill Creek Site

EPA has selected the City of Jersey City for a $500,000 Brownfield Cleanup Grant to clean up Mill Creek at the southern end of Jersey Avenue. In the late 1800’s, historic fill was placed on the Mill Creek site to allow for urban and railroad development. The northern part of the site was used for industrial storage and heavy industrial purposes such as steel construction, scrap metal processing, metal supply, warehousing, smelting and live stock trade. The site is contaminated with polychlorinated  biphenyls (PCB’s) and heavy metals. In addition to the cleanup, grant funds will also be used to carry out community outreach activities.

“This is a substantial grant that will greatly benefit the community and the environment by remediating 24 acres of land plagued by contamination for decades” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “Once remediated, the area will provide increased access to public space for our residents, improved water quality, and enhanced ecological health. Once again, the EPA has enabled us to take the next step forward on this latest project, as we are always looking to improve the quality of life for our overall community.”

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR REAL ESTATE MARKETING AND BROKERAGE

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (the “JCRA”) seeks a real estate firm specializing in
residential real estate to provide brokerage and marketing services for 5 condominiums owned
by the JCRA, located at 311 Washington Street, Jersey City New Jersey.

Opportunities

 

 

COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) would like to recognize the extraordinary job that is being done in the relief effort by the City of Jersey City. Our sister agency, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, has spearheaded an effort to raise funds to help the City’s small businesses. We are all in this together!

www.jcedc.org

Berry Lane Park Environmental Investigation and Remediation Summary

 BERRY LANE PARK ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATION AND REMEDIATION SUMMARY
(Dated April 2020)

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (“JCRA”) is providing the following summary of the environmental investigation and remediation activities undertaken at the Berry Lane Park (the “Park”).  This summary is being provided solely for the benefit of increased public understanding of the investigation and remediation activities conducted prior to and during the construction of the Park.  Reference is made herein to numerous reports issued by the environmental professionals who conducted this environmental work (the “Environmental Record”), most of which have been submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”).  Copies of all reports identified in this summary are available on the JCRA’s website at: https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park.  Reports submitted to the NJDEP are publicly available through the NJDEP’s public records request process.  This summary is not intended to modify or replace any information contained in Environmental Record, and, to the extent any information contained herein is inconsistent with the Environmental Record, the information contained in the Environmental Record should be considered accurate.  The JCRA will update this summary as necessary as additional materially relevant information is added to the Environmental Record.  This summary is not intended to discuss or summarize any environmental investigations or remediation being conducted on property not within the boundaries of the Park.

Remediation Summary

            As further detailed below, historic environmental investigations at the properties making up the Park revealed contaminants in soil and ground water above applicable NJDEP remediation standards, including, but not limited to chromium waste products (“chromium”), discharges from previous site operations, and historic fill.  As part of its effort to redevelop these properties, the JCRA oversaw an extensive site remediation effort, which effort was subject to active review, oversight and approval by the NJDEP.  Site remediation efforts included excavation of chromium and non-chromium impacted soils above NJDEP’s most stringent regulatory requirements, installation of engineering controls (i.e. a “cap”) to protect the public from non-chromium contamination in soil and associated administrative tools (e.g. a deed notice).  The ultimate result of the JCRA’s remediation efforts is the complete remediation of soil and ground water contaminants identified at the Park, to the satisfaction and approval of the NJDEP and the JCRA’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional (“LSRP”), to a level which the NJDEP has determined is protective of public health and the environment.

Chromium Remediation – Soil

Three different NJDEP-designated “Chromium Sites” (Site 121, Site 207 and the Former Morris Canal) fall within the limits of Berry Lane Park. The JCRA and their consultant Dresdner Robin, undertook the investigation of this chromium contamination pursuant to a remedial investigation workplan approved by the NJDEP. The findings of these investigations and the approach to remediate this contamination were documented in a Remedial Investigation Report/Remedial Action Workplan, which was reviewed and approved by the NJDEP and its technical consultant.  A copy of the Remedial Investigation Report/Remedial Action Workplan, dated January 2012, can be found on the JCRA website (see https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park/).

Between July 2012 and May 2013, the JCRA implemented the NJDEP-approved soil remedial actions, including the excavation, removal and offsite disposal of chromium related soil contaminants above NJDEP Soil Cleanup Criteria. The soil remediation was documented in a Remedial Action Report which was reviewed and approved by the NJDEP and its technical consultant, at which point, the JCRA’s LSRP issued an unrestricted use Response Action Outcome (RAO) for chromium contaminated soils to formally document the completion of the chromium related soil remediation.  Copies of the Remedial Action Report – Soil, dated June 2016, and RAO, dated June 22, 2016 and amended on May 18, 2018, can be found on the JCRA website (see https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park/).

It should be noted that PPG is currently investigating and remediating chromium at a property adjacent to the Park, which property is commonly known as 457 Communipaw Avenue.  The impacted property is located near the far northern entrance to the Park off Communipaw Avenue and over nine hundred (900) feet away from the Pavilion and over seven hundred (700) feet away from the Skate Park (see Berry Lane Park Property Map).  The material at issue is located beneath a privately-owned building on the 457 Communipaw Avenue property that straddles the Park boundary.  That building is immediately adjacent to a paved bike / pedestrian path.  Currently, the building and paved path prohibit any exposure to subsurface soils in this area. During previous environmental investigations, conducted by PPG at the direction and oversight of the NJDEP in 2011-2012, it was determined that the chromium contamination that had been present on the Park property did not extend onto the narrow strip of property where the bike/pedestrian path extends from the Park to Communipaw Avenue. To ensure that the chromium contamination located under the building on the 457 Communipaw Avenue property does not extend into the Park beneath the bike/pedestrian path, JCRA is coordinating access with PPG to investigate this area and will share its results with the Agency.  The Berry Lane Property Map also shows the area of prior chromium excavation on the Park property.

Chromium Remedial – Groundwater

The JCRA also conducted groundwater investigations at the Chromium Sites on the Park property between 2014 and 2018.  During these investigations chromium related contaminants were not identified with concentrations exceeding the applicable NJDEP groundwater standards. The findings of the investigations were documented in a Remedial Investigation Report which was reviewed and approved by the NJDEP and its technical consultant. Subsequently, the JCRA’s LSRP issued an unrestricted use RAO formally documenting the completion of the chromium related groundwater remediation.  Copies of the Remedial Investigation Report, dated July 2018, and RAO, dated December 5, 2018 can be found on the JCRA website (see https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park/).

Non-Chromium Remediation – Soil

Non-chromium contamination is present in the soils at the Park consisting of “Historic Fill”, certain petroleum-related compounds, and poly-chlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”).  Historic Fill is non-indigenous fill material, that is typically contaminated with metals and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, which was deposited in the Park years ago by those who wanted to raise the topographic elevation of the site.  Historic Fill is ubiquitous in urban and/or industrialized areas in North-Eastern New Jersey and particularly in Hudson County. When the remediation process for the Park began several years ago, these contaminants were identified during the remedial investigations conducted at the Park. A copy of the Site Investigation Report, Remedial Investigation Report, Remedial Action Workplan, and Remedial Action Report (SI/RIR/RAW/RAR), dated February 2019, which provides more specific information regarding those investigations and the contamination identified can be found on the JCRA website,  https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park/. The contaminants found in the soil of the Park, including the Historic Fill, were present prior to and are in no way connected with the construction operations at the Park.

The physical remediation implemented to address the non-chromium soil contamination at the Park was conducted pursuant to NJDEP approved remedial action workplans and called for: (a) excavation and offsite disposal of soil impacted above NJDEP remediation standards associated with previous site operations and (b) the installation of an Engineering Control (i.e. a “cap”) to provide a physical barrier between Park occupants and underlying non-chromium soil contamination that NJDEP regulations allow to remain in place. The design of the Engineering Control in the area of the future Pavilion involved laying a minimum of 24 inches of certified clean fill underlain with a geotextile demarcation fabric. The Engineering Control complied with the “presumptive remedies,” which are NJDEP mandated remedial actions applicable to residential, childcare and school facilities. These “presumptive remedies” were developed by the NJDEP utilizing health risk approach methodologies and are deemed by them to be protective of public health and the environment, even for these most-sensitive category of land uses.

In order to assure that the physical remediation continues to remain protective, certain administrative, Institutional Controls are also necessary.  For example, a Deed Notice has been recorded against the property with the Hudson County Register, which describes the location of non-chromium soil contamination above an applicable regulatory standard at the Park and a physical description of the Engineering Control.  Exhibit B of the Deed Notice expressly identifies the nature and location of the non-chromium soil contamination present at the Park.  A copy of the Deed Notice, dated January 1, 2019, can be found on the JCRA website, https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park.  It is important to note that this Deed Notice is not related to chromium contamination because the chromium above applicable NJDEP standards has been excavated and disposed of off the Park property.  In addition, a Remedial Action Permit (“RAP”) will be obtained from the NJDEP.  This Remedial Action Permit requires the permittee, which in this instance is the JCRA, to inspect the Engineering Control on a semi-annual basis to identify areas which warrant repairs and make certified reports to the NJDEP regarding those inspections every other year.  The purpose of the RAP is to ensure that the Engineering Control remains protective of public health and the environment into perpetuity.  Once approved and issued by NJDEP, a copy of the RAP will be added to the JCRA website.  A copy of the SI/RIR/RAW/RAR that details remedial actions for non-chromium contamination in soils at the Park can be found on the JCRA website, https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park.

It should be noted that construction activities in the Park are ongoing, including the construction of a permanent building in the Pavilion area and a Skate Park.  As part of this construction, the Engineering Control (or cap) (within the building footprint) will be altered from 24 inches of clean fill material to a minimum of 4 inches of concrete with 4 inches of subbase clean fill.  This change in cap design, however, is equally protective of human health and the environment and complies with the NJDEP’s presumptive remedies.  Any such alterations will be documented in an amendment to the Deed Notice and Remedial Action Permit.

Non-Chromium Remediation – Groundwater

In addition to soil investigations, environmental professionals also undertook groundwater investigations within the Park, where they also identified concentrations of contaminants in the groundwater associated with Historic Fill and/or gasoline or heating oil previously stored within former underground storage tanks. The NJDEP-approved remedy for groundwater contaminated with Historic Fill and/or petroleum products, is the implementation of an Administrative Control, specifically identifying the areas as a Ground Water Classification Exception Area (CEA). The CEA acts to protect the public by first identifying the contaminants within the ground water and then safeguarding the public from gaining access to the groundwater, by prohibiting the installation of wells and potable use of that water.  The CEA application for Historic Fill is pending review and approval by the NJDEP’s Bureau of Remedial Action Permitting.  Once approved and issued by the NJDEP, a copy of the CEA will be added to the JCRA website, https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park. Two separate CEAs associated with petroleum contamination are also anticipated.

Park Construction Activities Conducted Within Non-Chromium Soil Restricted Areas

Currently, JCRA contractors are constructing a Skate Park and Pavilion, which are within the restricted, non-chromium soil contamination areas in the Park as identified in the Deed Notice described above.  The construction activities will, at times, be conducted below the Engineering Controls related to that non-chromium soil contamination.  The disturbance of Engineering Controls during construction is not an uncommon occurrence and the related Deed Notice includes operations and maintenance provisions related to disturbances of this kind, which include instructions on the excavation, staging and disposal of contaminated soil and dust control (see Deed Notice, Exhibit C-2). Moreover, the environmental portions of the JCRA’s construction bid specification for the Skate Park and Pavilion include similar provisions in even greater detail.  A copy of the environmental portion of the construction bid specifications can be found on the JCRA website, https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park.  One additional requirement of the JCRA’s environmental bid specification was the performance of air monitoring during construction activities.  This air monitoring program establishes a Dust Alert Level of 100 ug/M3, which, if met, requires the contractor to stop work and implement dust control measures before an exceedance of the 150 ug/M3 Dust Action Level occurs.  Results from the air monitoring program confirmed that there were no Dust Action Level exceedances, although there were three triggers of the Dust Alert Level, two of which were attributed to workers cutting materials too close to the monitoring station and the other was due to precipitation conditions that affected the sensor in the instrument resulting in artificially elevated readings.  Copies of the Air Monitoring Plan and Air Monitoring Results Report for October 2019, November 2019 and December 4, 2019 can be found on the JCRA website, https://thejcra.org/project/berry-lane-park.  During the construction activities, the JCRA’s environmental consultant for the Park, Dresdner Robin, was on site as required periodically to monitor that the provisions of the Deed Notice and bid specifications were followed whenever the Engineering Controls were disturbed and contact was made with non-chromium soil contamination.

Jersey City Board of Commissioners Meeting for April 21, 2020

VIRTUAL MEETING ADVISORY:

In an effort to adhere to social distancing protocols and best practices imposed by Jersey City and State authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency will hold its regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. as a virtual audio conference accessible by phone and web via Zoom, a virtual meeting service. The public is invited to attend and participate via the following:

Telephone:

Call-in number: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 76377951004#

Web:
Zoom Room: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76377951004
Meeting ID: 763-7795-1004

To keep the meeting as organized as possible, members of the public who wish to speak during the public portion(s) of the meeting are encouraged (but not required) to register their name and address with the Agency’s administrator, Jesamil Suazo Lozano at jsuazo@jcnj.org or call (201) 761-0819 with their information prior to the meeting date. You may also submit written comment by email prior to the meeting at jsuazo@jcnj.org. Please indicate “Public Comment” in the subject line of the email. Additional instructions for public comment will be provided during the meeting. Public comment will be guided by the Agency’s designated “Host” on the Zoom platform.

The procedures described herein may be modified as circumstances dictate to ensure appropriate access to the Board meeting.

Councilman Yun’s Passing

The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) would like to extend our condolences to the family of Councilman Yun.

He was a tireless advocate for the betterment of Jersey City, in particular Ward D.

The JCRA has always recognized the heart of Mr. Yun. He was a fully dedicated fighter for redevelopment and improvements within our City.
He will be deeply missed. 

Jersey City Board of Commissioners Meeting Update

VIRTUAL MEETING ADVISORY:

In an effort to adhere to social distancing protocols and best practices imposed by Jersey City and State authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency will hold a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. as a virtual audio conference by phone and web via Zoom, a virtual meeting service. The public is invited to attend and participate via the following:

Telephone:

Call-in number: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 8901682552#

Web:

Zoom Room: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8901682552
Meeting ID: 890-168-2552

To keep the meeting as organized as possible, members of the public who wish to speak during the public portion(s) of the meeting are encouraged (but not required) to register their name and address with the Agency’s administrator, Jesamil Suazo Lozano at jsuazo@jcnj.org or call (201) 761-0819 with your information prior to the meeting date. You may also submit written comment by email prior to the meeting at jsuazo@jcnj.org. Please indicate “Public Comment” in the subject line of the email. Additional instructions for public comment will be provided during the meeting. Public comment will be guided by the Agency’s designated “Host” on the Zoom platform.

The procedures described herein may be modified as circumstances dictate to ensure appropriate access to the Board meeting.